File:Standingarabianfoalone.jpg|thumb|A foal at about weaning age
A '''foal''' is an equine
, particularly a horse
, that is one year old or younger. More specific terms are Colt (horse)|colt
for a male
foal and filly
for a female
foal, but these terms are used until the horse is age three or four. When the foal is nursing from its dam (mother), it may also be called a ''suckling''. After the young horse has been weaned from its dam, it may be called a ''weanling
''. When a mare
is pregnant, she is said to be "in foal." When the mare gives birth, she is "foaling" and the impending birth is usually stated as "to foal." A newborn horse is "foaled".
After a horse is one year old, it is no longer a foal, and is a ''yearling (horse)|yearling
''. There are no special age-related terms for young horses older than yearlings. When young horses reach breeding maturity, the terms change: a filly over the age of three (four...